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VOTERS GUIDE

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Prepared by the League of Women Voters Editors: Kay Browne, Northampton County Ann Bartholomew and Barbara Williams, Lehigh County

ABOUT THE GUIDE The League of Women Voters in publishing this material neither endorses nor rejects the views of any candidate quoted, and does not assume responsibility for the contents of any candidate's reply.

ABOUT THE LEAGUE

The League of Women Voters of the United States is a national, nonpartisan organization which works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in their government. It does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office, but encourages its members to participate as individuals in the party of their choice. After due study, it takes action on governmental issues without regard to the stand of any party.

Northampton County League phone number: 610-252-1339

Candidates appear in ballot order. Republicans are listed first in each race, as Pennsylvania currently has a Republican governor. Where candidates are on both ballots, the Republican ballot order is used. Only candidates in contested races were asked to provide information.

Misspellings have not been corrected by the League of Women Voters. /// indicates a candidate exceeded the allowed word limit.

General Information

Voters' Guide for the General Election, Nov.4th, 2014

General information and statewide candidates

Congressional Races

Northampton and Lehigh County Election races

All candidates were asked to provide personal information and answer a question.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government. It is composed of two houses. The upper house is the Senate. The lower house is the House of Representatives. A majority vote by both houses is necessary to pass a law. Every law concerned with taxation must originate in the House of Representatives. Representatives are elected by district.

Term: two years

Base salary: $174,000

Candidates were asked:

How do you believe the Voting Rights Act should be amended in light of the U.S. Supreme Court actions?

15th Congressional District

All of Lehigh County

Part of Northampton County: City of Bethlehem (Northampton County Portion) (Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 and part of Ward 17; townships of Allen, Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lehigh, Lower Nazareth, Lower Saucon, Moore, Plainfield (Belfast, Kesslersville and Plainfield Church districts), Upper Nazareth (West District) and Williams; boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Hellertown, North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport.

Parts of Berks, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.

vote for one

Republican

Charles W. Dent

Allentown

http://www.dentforcongress.com

D.O.B.: 1960

EDUCATION: William Allen High School, 1978; Penn State University, B.A. Foreign Service and International Politics, 1982; Lehigh University, Masters of Public Administration (MPA), 1993

OCCUPATION: U.S. Congressman

QUALIFICATIONS: U.S. Congressman; 15th District (2005-present); State Senator, 16th District (1999-2005); State Representative, 132nd District (1991-1998)

RESPONSE: I strongly oppose the disenfranchisement of any voter based on race or color. In 2006, I voted in favor of the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key component of the law, Congress should make reforms that conform to the court's decision and ensure our nation lives up to the guiding principal that all men and women are created equal.

Democratic

No candidate

17th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

In Northampton County: Cities of Bethlehem (Northern County portion) Ward 17 all except blocks 1026, 1123, 2018 and 2055 of tract 11300, and Easton. Townships of Bethlehem, Forks, Lower Mt. Bethel, Palmer, Plainfield District Delabole, Upper Mt. Bethel, Upper Nazareth District East, and Washington; Boroughs of Bangor, East Bangor, Freemansburg, Glendon, Nazareth, Pen Argyl, Portland, Roseto, Stockertown, Tatamy, West Easton, Wilson and Wind Gap. Parts of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and all of Schuylkill Counties.

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REPUBLICAN

DAVID J. MOYLAN

Auburn

Website: docmoylan.com

DOB: not given

EDUCATION: BS. (Life Sciences) Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MD Georgetown University School of Medicine

OCCUPATION: Radiation Oncologist; Medical Director of Simon Kramer Cancer Institute and Joint Center for Therapeutic Oncology; Schuylkill County Coroner

QUALIFICATIONS: Over 30 years of practice as a radiation oncologist; Over 20 years as a small business owner; Served as assistant professor of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College; Schuylkill County Coroner since 2012.

ANSWER: In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, further amendment is unnecessary. Thanks to the Court's decision, states will no longer be discriminated against or under heightened scrutiny due to geographic location alone.

DEMOCRATIC

MATTHEW A. CARTWRIGHT

Moosic

http://www.CartwrightCongress.com

D.O.B.: 1961

EDUCATION: 1983, Hamilton College, Bachelor of Arts, History; 1986, University of Pennsylvania, Juris Doctorate, Law

OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative, PA-17

QUALIFICATIONS: U.S. Representative, Sworn-in on January 3, 2013

RESPONSE: Shelby v. Holder essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act. As a result of the decision the VRA's "pre-clearance" process was substantially weakened. However, legislation has been introduced to expand pre-clearance and add other protections currently lacking in the act. This legislation is not the answer, but is a good start.

STATE SENATOR

Term: 4 years

Salary: $84,012

Candidates for State Senator were asked the following question:

Internet registration, no-excuse absentee ballots, and staying registered when you move are some ways to improve access to the polls for voters. How would you make it easier to vote in Pennsylvania?

16th State Senatorial District

Lehigh County municipalities: City of Allentown. Townships of Heidelberg; Lower Macungie; Lower Milford; Lowhill; Lynn; North Whitehall; South Whitehall; Upper Macungie; Upper Milford; Upper Saucon; Washington; Weisenberg. Boroughs of Alburtis; Coopersburg; Macungie; Slatington.

vote for one.

REPUBLICAN

PATRICK M. BROWNE

Allentown

http://www.patbrowneforsenate.com

D.O.B.: 1963

EDUCATION: 1982 + Allentown Central Catholic High School; 1986 + University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Business Administration/Accounting; 1993 + Temple University School of Law, J.D.

OCCUPATION: State Senator, 16th District; Attorney; Certified Public Accountant

QUALIFICATIONS: Member of State Senate + May 2005 to Present; Member of State House of Representatives + 1995 to May 2005; Senate Majority Whip + 2010 to Present; Senate Majority Caucus Administrator + 2009 to 2010; Senate Finance Committee Chairman + 2007 to 2010

RESPONSE: With advancements in technology, I believe it is important that we pursue easier and more convenient means to improve Pennsylvanians' abilities to register and to vote. I am a co-sponsor of a bill that would allow individuals to register to vote online. I would support internet and voting by mail, provided it is secure to ensure accuracy and validity. I would also support multi-day voting similar to voting provisions in other states.

Democratic

WALTER FELTON Jr.

Allentown

http://www.WalterFelton.org

D.O.B.: 1957

EDUCATION: Graduate of Salisbury H.S, 1975; Lehigh County Community College and courses attended; served acative and reserve duties U.S. Army (1979+ 1981); Air Force Nat Guard (1981+1982), Naval Reserves (1982+1985); graduated Allentown Police 34th Class and elected Sgt at Arms (1984); attended APD Investigator School (1987) ///

OCCUPATION: Deputy Sheriff of Northampton County

QUALIFICATIONS: Actively involved with community of Lehigh County 21 yrs as law-enforcement officer; 11 years with U.S. military active and reserve components; 9 years with Northampton County Sheriff Dept.; Former Allentown Human Relations Commissioner ///

RESPONSE: One way that I would make voting easy for the constituents is to support "No Excuse" absentee ballots. One of the most important privileges one has is being able to vote. Providing No Excuse absentee ballots to all registered people in our state so that they can vote either at the polls or via No Excuse absentee ballot in a timely manner is fair.

18th State Senatorial District

In Lehigh County: City of Bethlehem (Lehigh County portion). Townships of Hanover; Salisbury; Whitehall. Boroughs of Catasauqua; Coplay; Emmaus; Fountain Hill.

In Northampton County: Cities of Bethlehem (Northampton County portion); Easton. Townships of Bethlehem; Lower Saucon; Palmer; Williams. Boroughs of Freemansburg; Glendon; Hellertown; North Catasauqua; Northampton; Stockertown; Tatamy; West Easton; Wilson.

vote for one

Republican and Democratic

LISA BOSCOLA

Bethlehem

http://www.lisaboscola.com

D.O.B.: 1962

EDUCATION: BA, Political Science, Villanova University, 1984; MA, Political Science, Villanova University, 1985

OCCUPATION: Pa. State Senator, District 18

QUALIFICATIONS: Representative, PA House, 1994-1998; Senator, Commonwealth of PA, 1999-present; Minority Policy Chair, Commonwealth of PA Senate, 2011-present.

RESPONSE: The role of government is not only to encourage citizens to vote, but to remove barriers making participation easier. Many of the ideas you suggest are good ones. I am the prime sponsor of SB 363, The Voter's Bill of Rights, that permits Independents to feel less disenfranchised by allowing them to participate in the primary process. Additionally, the bill would permit same day registration the day of the primary election.

40th State Senatorial District

Note: this is a NEW DISTRICT

In Northampton County: Townships of Allen, Bushkill, East Allen, Forks, Hanover, Lehigh, Lower Mt. Bethel, Lower Nazareth, Moore, Plainfield, Upper Mt. Bethel, Upper Nazareth and Washington; Boroughs of Bangor, Bath, Chapman, East Bangor, Nazareth, Pen Argyl, Portland, Roseto, Walnutport and Wind Gap. (Also parts of Monroe County.)

Vote for one

Republican

MARIO M. SCAVELLO

Mount Pocono

Website: Scavello for Senate (Facebook)

DOB: 1952

EDUCATION: Theodore Roosevelt High School; City College of New York

OCCUPATION: State legislator

QUALIFICATIONS: Mayor of Mount Pocono 1994-1999; Chairman Monroe County Commissioners 2000-2002; State Legislator 2002-Present

RESPONSE: I believe with motor-voter a person can register fairly easy. I would support no excuse absentee. We are blessed with an adequate system of voting. Having provisional ballots available has assisted voters casting their vote on Election Day. Our problem is not getting people registered it is getting them out to vote. I believe educating voters on the importance of local elections would help improve the voter turnout on election day as well.

Democratic

MARK AURAND

Nazareth

http://www.MarkAurandforSenate.com

D.O.B. 1960

EDUCATION: 1978, Fleetwood High School, Fleetwood, PA; 1982, BA Haverford College, Haverford, PA; 1988, JD, Temple University Law School, Philadelphia, PA

OCCUPATION: Attorney/Partner at Davison & McCarthy

QUALIFICATIONS: 25 years of legal experience; Board member, various community organizations; worked closely with local entrepreneurs and small business owners.

RESPONSE: Currently, it is too difficult to vote in Pennsylvania. My first priority would be to repeal the Voter ID law. I would also push for same day registration and online registrations. Our students should receive better civics education. I would also strongly support Pennsylvania creating an opportunity for early voting or on a weekend, like many other states. All of these steps would contribute to greater citizen participation in our democratic process.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Note: All State Legislative Districts have changed since the last election. Allentown voters have one new district, State Legislative District 22.

State Representatives

Base salary: $84,012

Term: two years. Vote for one

Candidates were asked:

The PA Constitution promises the citizen clean water, air and land (Act 1 Section 27). What specific steps would you take to uphold this part of the Constitution?

DISTRICT 22

Note: this is a NEW DISTRICT

Allentown wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (div 1), 7, 8 (divs 1, 2), 9, 10 (div 1), 11 (divs 1, 2), 12, 14 (div 2), 16, 19.

Vote for one

REPUBLICAN

SANTOS STEVEN RAMOS

No response

DEMOCRATIC

PETER G. SCHWEYER

http://www.peterschweyer.com

D.O.B.: 1978

EDUCATION: Penn State University; BA w Honors 2000; Allentown Central Catholic HS; 1996

OCCUPATION: Director, Community and Government Affairs, Sacred Heart Hospital

QUALIFICATIONS: Allentown City Councilman, 6 years; Chair, Finance Committee, City Council, 2 years; Chief of Staff to Rep Jennifer Mann, 8 years; LANTA Board of Directors (Past Chair), 7 years

RESPONSE: As State Representative, I will hold natural gas drilling companies accountable so that our open spaces will be preserved for future generations. I support a stronger extraction fee so that we can adequately fund our Department of Environmental Protection and generate added income that will allow us to address our school funding and property tax crises. I strongly support funding for our public transportation system (LANTA) as a key way to reduce our carbon emissions.

DISTRICT 131

In Lehigh County: Townships of Lower Milford; Salisbury (Ward 3, div 1); Upper Milford; Upper Saucon. Boroughs of Coopersburg, Emmaus. In Northampton County: Lower Saucon Twp. districts 1, 2, 4, 7, 8. In Montgomery County: Township of Upper Hanover. Boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill.

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REPUBLICAN

JUSTIN J. SIMMONS

Upper Saucon Township

http://www.justin4staterep.com

D.O.B.: 1986

EDUCATION: Southern Lehigh Senior High School, 2004; Saint Joseph's University, B.S. Political Sciences, 2008

OCCUPATION: State Representative + 131st District

QUALIFICATIONS: I have served as State Representative for the 131st District since my election in 2010, and previously worked as a Legislative Aide in the State Senate.

RESPONSE: I am committed to ensuring that the natural assets of Pennsylvania are protected for future generations. That's why, as State Representative, I helped make Pennsylvania's environmental regulations covering natural gas exploration among the toughest in the country -- to protect our water as we spark economic growth in this endeavor. It's also why I supported important funding for programs that help to protect and preserve Pennsylvania's open spaces and environmental assets.

DEMOCRATIC

Michael William Beyer

Lower Saucon Township

http://www.votebeyer.com

D.O.B.: 1984

EDUCATION: Saucon Valley HS, 2002; B.A. University of Pittsburgh, 2008; J.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2013

OCCUPATION: Law Graduate

QUALIFICATIONS: Securities Arbitration Clinic at University of Pittsburgh; Research Staffer, Urban Affairs Committee

RESPONSE: Pennsylvania's constitution represents an unwavering commitment to conserve the environment and its natural beauty. The Corbett administration and his friends in the legislature severely cut the Department of Environmental Protection's funding during a critical time of expansive drilling for natural gas. I believe DEP must have the necessary funding to protect our citizens and preserve or natural resources. I propose that DEP be funded by gas companies through a severance tax and not by our citizens.

DISTRICT 132

Allentown wards 6 (div 2), 8 (divs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), 10 (divs 3, 4), 11 (divs 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), 13, 14 (div 1), 15, 17, 18. South Whitehall Twp districts 1, 2, 7.

Vote for one

REPUBLICAN

No candidate

DEMOCRATIC

MICHAEL SCHLOSSBERG

Allentown

http://www.voteschlossberg.com

D.O.B.: 1983

EDUCATION: B.A. (Political Science & Psychology), Muhlenberg College 2001, M.A. (Political Science), Lehigh University, 2005

OCCUPATION: State Representative, 132nd Legislative District

QUALIFICATIONS: Chamber of Commerce employee (2007-2012), Former aide to Representative Mann and County Executive Cunningham, State-certified Urban Revitalization Specialist

RESPONSE: We should tax Marcellus Shale extraction and use the portions of the proceeds to increase funding to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. I oppose ongoing efforts to weaken environmental protections and support efforts to enact Pennsylvania's Climate Action Plan; I believe that one of the biggest issues we will face over the next few decades is Climate Change, and Pennsylvania should have a leadership role in combating this issue.

DISTRICT 133

City of Bethlehem (Lehigh County portion). Townships of Hanover; Salisbury wards 1, 2, 3 (div 2); Whitehall districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12. Boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay, Fountain Hill.

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REPUBLICAN

DAVID EDGAR MOLONY

Catasauqua

http://www.friendofdave.com

D.O.B.: 1953

EDUCATION: William Allen HS 1971; San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; North American Academy of Advanced Asian Medicine; Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

OCCUPATION: Licensed practitioner of Oriental Medicine; Small Business Owner, Lehigh Valley Oriental Medicine Centre, Tian Ming Herb and supplement supply, Qi Spa Day Spa.

QUALIFICATIONS: Small business owner for over 25 years. Passed 3 bills through Legislature.

RESPONSE: "Clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment" to quote our Commonwealth's constitution, are an intrinsic part of our life on this planet. The question always seems to come down to whether we want to expend a million dollars of effort and new pollution to deal with excessive and antiquated regulations and lawsuits that make trial lawyers and NPO's wealthy, or to expend that effort in creating efficiency and cost reduction that creates less pollution and allows us to enjoy nature's bounty.

DEMOCRATIC

DANIEL T. McNEILL

Whitehall Township

http://McNeillforPA.com

D.O.B.: 1947

EDUCATION: Louis E. Dieruff H.S. 1965

OCCUPATION: State Representative 133rd

QUALIFICATIONS: I have worked in Local Government, State Government and already was elected to hold seat for 133rd. Settled contracts for Unions and Municipalities without tax increases.

RESPONSE: Whatever action our Legislatures take action to do so.

DISTRICT 134

In Lehigh County: Townships of Lower Macungie; Salisbury wards 4, 5; South Whitehall districts 3, 4. Boroughs of Alburtis, Macungie. In Berks County: Hereford, Longswamp, Richmond, Rockland. Borough of Topton.

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REPUBLICAN

RYAN E. MACKENZIE

Lower Macungie Township

http://RyanForPA.com

D.O.B.: 1982

EDUCATION: Graduate, local public schools; Dual Degree in Finance and International Business, New York University; Master of Business Administration, Harvard University.

OCCUPATION: State Representative, 134th District.

QUALIFICATIONS: Current State Representative committed to protecting taxpayers, creating jobs, strengthening education and reforming government. Former Director of Policy for PA Department of Labor & Industry.

RESPONSE: I have been proud to work hand in hand with residents of our area on local projects where environmental preservation issues were at stake and environmental protection concerns were raised. As economic growth and expansion occur, they need to be handled responsibly. This means that we must always consider both the economic and environmental impacts as our community and the economy move forward.

DEMOCRATIC

No candidate

DISTRICT 135

In Northampton County: City of Bethlehem (Northampton County portion); Township of Bethlehem (Part, Wards 02 and 03 [Part, divisions 01, 02, and 03]).

Vote for one

Republican

No candidate

Democratic

STEVE SAMUELSON

Bethlehem

D.O.B: 1960

EDUCATION: 1978, Liberty High School; 1986, Lehigh University, B.A. in Government

OCCUPATION: State Legislator

QUALIFICATIONS: I am a hands-on legislator with a long record of service to our community, and I am a consistent advocate for reform in Harrisburg.

RESPONSE: I am proud of my environmental voting record, which often earns scores of 100 percent from environmental organizations. I support the enactment of an extraction tax on natural gas drillers. I voted no on the flawed Act 13. And I opposed Governor Corbett's cuts to the budget of the Department of Environmental Protection. I will continue to support policies that protect our environment.

DISTRICT 136

In Northampton County: City of Easton; Townships of Lower Saucon (Part, Districts 03, 05, and 06), Palmer (Part, Districts Eastern, Middle [Part Division 02] and Western) and Williams; Boroughs of Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown, West Easton and Wilson.

Vote for one

Republican

No candidate

Democratic

ROBERT FREEMAN

Easton

D.O.B.: 1956

EDUCATION: 1975, Easton Area High School; 1978, Moravian College, BA History & Political Science, magna cum laude; 1984, Lehigh University, MA History.

OCCUPATION: Legislator

QUALIFICATIONS: State Representative, 1982-1994, 1998-present; Democratic Chairman, House Local Government Committee; authored Elm Street law to revitalize older neighborhoods; expertise in smart growth, farmland preservation, urban revitalization.

RESPONSE: I have a solid record on environmental protection, receiving high ratings from Penn Environment and Sierra Club. I cosponsored legislation to impose a moratorium on fracking in state forests, and require tougher standards on fracking to protect water sources and properly transport and dispose of fracking waste water. I support a gas drilling tax, using a portion of the revenue for environmental programs. I sponsored legislation to establish a more comprehensive approach to storm water management.

DISTRICT 137

In Northampton County: Townships of Forks, Lower Mt. Bethel, Palmer (Part, Districts Middle [[Part, Division 01], Upper Easton and Upper Western), Upper Mount Bethel, Upper Nazareth and Washington; Boroughs of Banger, East Banger, Nazareth, Portland, Roseto, Stockertown and Tatamy

Vote for one

Republican

JOE EMRICK

Upper Nazareth Township

http://www.Joeemrick.com

D.O.B.: 1970

EDUCATION: 1989, Bangor High School; 1993, Lycoming College, B.A.; 1999, Kutztown, M. of Education. OCCUPATION: State Representative - 137th Legislative District.

QUALIFICATIONS: Serving my 2nd term as State Representative; Township Supervisor, 4 years + Board Chairman 2 years; 18 years as a High School Economics/American Government teacher.

RESPONSE: As both State Representative and an avid outdoorsman, I've worked to ensure the future of our state's environment. That is why I supported environmental regulations covering the natural gas industry that are among the strictest in the nation. It is critical that we are good stewards of our open space, farmland and other natural assets. I want to ensure future generations benefit from a clean environment and have worked to make that happen.

Democratic

No candidate

DISTRICT 138

In Northampton County: Townships of Bethlehem (Part, Wards 01, 03 [Part, Division 04] and 04), Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Moore (Part, Districts Eastern and Point Phillips) and Plainfield; Boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Pen Argyl and Wind Gap.

Vote for one

Republican

MARCIA HAHN

No response

Democratic

LESLIE ALTIERI

Bethlehem Township

http://www.LeslieAltieri.com

D.O.B.: 1980

EDUCATION: B.A. Political Science and Sociology-Criminal Justice, Moravian College, 2002; William Tennent High School, 1998

OCCUPATION: Sales consultant with Thirty One; previously Juvenile Detention officer/counselor.

QUALIFICATIONS: President, Northampton County Council of Democratic Women; elected County Democratic Committeewoman and area Chair; State Committee member; 15 years of political campaign field organizing, management and volunteering.

RESPONSE: I am committed to making our neighborhoods a better place to live in and work. This includes protecting/preserving our environment for future generations. We should invest in the growth of renewable energy. I support a permanent moratorium on oil/gas drilling in state parks/forests and on new sites until an adequate plan to protect all Pennsylvanians from its hazards are taken. We need to tax the Marcellus shale fracking at a minimum of 5% which will pay to restore funding for education, veterans/ seniors benefits & social services.

DISTRICT 183

In Lehigh County: Townships of South Whitehall districts 5, 6, 8; Washington; Whitehall districts 7, 10, 11. Borough of Slatington. In Northampton County: Townships of Allen; Lehigh; Moore districts Beersville and Klecknersville. Boroughs of North Catasauqua; Northampton; Walnutport.

Vote for one

REPUBLICAN

JULIANN L. HARHART

North Catasauqua

No response

DEMOCRATIC

TERRI LYNN POWELL

Northampton

http://www.powellforpa.com

D.O.B.: 1962

EDUCATION: B.A., Social and Behavioral Psychology, California State University @ Longbeach

OCCUPATION: President/CEO TLP Holdings, LLC.

QUALIFICATIONS: Business owner/President of TLP Holdings, LLC; Board member for Connected in Lehigh Valley; President of Northampton Cty Democratic Women's Group; Northampton Team Leader for OFA (2012); Community volunteer for heart, cancer charities; ran for Allen Township supervisor (2012)

RESPONSE: As an elected official I will (1) work to impose stricter regulations on the coal, gas & oil industries, (2) seek more renewable energy research & development, (3) impose higher fees/taxes on natural gas extraction, (4) give more power to our state regulatory bodies, (5) lead a discussion on restricting fracking on our lands. We need to protect our environment.

INDEPENDENT

MICHAEL MOLOVINSKY

South Whitehall Township

D.O.B.: 1946

EDUCATION: Emerson College, Communications, 1970

OCCUPATION: Real Estate Investment

QUALIFICATIONS: A non-partisan advocate on local issues of significance for many years.

RESPONSE: Generally there is no lack of regulations in Pennsylvania. The relevant issue is the enforcement of the regulations, especially in the realm of hydraulic fracturing. Furthermore, regulations and enforcement must be made on a public health basis, devoid of any political considerations.

DISTRICT 187

In Lehigh County: Townships of Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, North Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Weisenberg. In Berks County: Maxatawny Township. Boroughs of Kutztown, Lyons.

Vote for one

REPUBLICAN

GARY DAY

No response

DEMOCRATIC

No candidate

HANOVER TOWNSHIP (LEHIGH COUNTY only!)

BALLOT QUESTIONS

Shall Sections 3.08 and 6.09 of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to delete the reference to the Penal Code and substitute a reference to the Crimes Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 550

Purpose:

The purpose of the Charter amendment to Sections 3.08 and 6.09 of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter is to update the Charter to current state law so that there exists in the Charter a proper and correct reference to the Crimes Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Limitations:

The General Assembly can always change the references to particular codified laws, but that is why the amending language includes after the reference to the "Crimes Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," the phrase "or succeeding Pennsylvania criminal laws."

Effects:

The effect of the change is to eliminate possible questions regarding the references in the Charter to the laws to be followed by keeping them updated and by referencing any possible succeeding laws which the General Assembly enacts.

Shall Article IX of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to conform with the

Pennsylvania Constitution by removing references to the recall of elected officials?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 552

Purpose:

The purpose of the Charter amendment is to eliminate any Charter provision permitting the recall of elected officials as the Supreme Court has ruled since the Citizens Committee to Recall Rizzo case that such provisions are unconstitutional under the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1968.

Limitations:

There are no real limitations as the above-referenced ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme

Court makes it clear that such action is inconsistent with the State Constitution.

Effects:

The effect of the amendment would be to make the Charter consistent with Pennsylvania law and would prevent confusion among the citizenry of the Township so that if they are dissatisfied with the acts or failures to act of any elected official they do not waste time and effort to try to recall such an official. Rather, they can expend their time and effort to publicly question the official and to seek to elect another in his or her place.

Shall Sections 3.06 and 3.07 of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to delete procedures for forfeiture of elected office because the subject is governed by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 553

Purpose:

The purpose of this Charter amendment to Sections 3.06 and 3.07 of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter is to update the Charter regarding forfeiture of the elected office of members of township council by deleting the Charter language on such forfeiture. It confirms that any Charter provision which would be inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can have no effect. Therefore, the elimination entirely of language of forfeiture of such office will prevent confusion.

Limitations:

There are no real limitations as the only applicable procedures for forfeiture of elected office are those provided in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Effects:

If adopted the deletion of the language should prevent voter confusion so that voters know what avenue to pursue so that voters and public officers know what procedures apply to forfeiture of elected Township office. This should save time and effort on the part of the citizens and public officials dealing with such a situation.

Shall the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended so that all references to "Chairman", "he", and "him" are deleted and replaced with the words "Chairperson", "he/she", and "him/her"?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTIONS 1 & 2

Purpose:

The purpose of the amendments to the Charter are to make gender references in the Charter neutral.

Limitations:

Such general neutral references may not be known to or accepted by all individuals, but over time they should become familiar to all citizens and accepted as the preferred references.

Effects:

The changed references should lead to no confusion as to who acts as the "chair" for a particular board or for a particular meeting because there will be no references based solely on one gender.

Should the definition of "Defalcation" in Section 1.04 of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to read "Embezzlement or misappropriation of Township funds for personal or other non-Township purposes"?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 3

Purpose:

The purpose of updating the definition of "Defalcation" is to both clarify and to more particularly state the definition as currently used for government purposes.

Limitations:

The definition becomes more specific, which can have both a positive and a negative influence, but it is believed that the amending definition better defines the offending conduct. Therefore, any employee or official should better understand the conduct covered by the definition so that it is avoided.

Effects:

The definition is clarified and more specific, and thus it is more targeted. It better identifies the conduct which is prohibited and which is sought to be prevented.

Shall Section 1.09 of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to update the reference to the applicable Pennsylvania statutes governing the use of eminent domain by the Township?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 4

Purpose:

In 2006, the General Assembly significantly revised the Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code from what had existed under a previous 1964 Act. This amendment updates the reference to the 2006 Act so that the Charter is consistent with current Pennsylvania law regarding eminent domain.

Limitations:

The Charter may have to be amended again whenever the General Assembly would significantly change the Eminent Domain Code. However, after the new reference to the "Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code" remains the language "as amended." The two references together should prevent any confusion until and if Pennsylvania's Eminent Domain law is changed to a reference besides "Eminent Domain Code".

Effects:

The amendment updates the Charter to be consistent with the current law as enacted in 2006 and thus it is aimed to prevent both Township public official and employee, as well as citizen, confusion on the matter.

Shall the requirement in Section 3.0l(b) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter that only "qualified voters" are eligible to be members of Township Council be amended to require that only "qualified electors" are so eligible?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 4

Purpose:

The term "voter" is not an improper term in the laws of the Commonwealth for elections and for stating one of the qualifications for candidates to hold public office. However, the reference in the Pennsylvania Constitution to citizens who are properly registered to vote uses the term "elector". Thus, the amendment aims to update and correct the Charter references on such term.

Limitations:

While it is not incorrect to refer to persons properly registered to vote and properly qualified to hold office as "voters", the use of the term "elector" does make the Charter more consistent with Pennsylvania statutory and constitutional provisions. This amendment may not eliminate all confusion on the part of citizens, or even employees and officials of the Township, but it does better state the legal nature of the term to be used.

Effects:

The amendment brings the Charter more in line with Pennsylvania statewide law and the Pennsylvania Constitution so that the Charter becomes a more exact, correct and specific document.

Shall Section 3.06(c) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to clarify that persons appointed to fill vacancies on Township Council serve only until the end of the term of the vacated position?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 6

Purpose:

The purpose is to clarify the Charter provision regarding the filling of vacancies in the office of a member of Township Council. The amendment specifies that the appointed person holds the position vacated by the prior person holding the office until the end of the term or until the first Monday of January and following the next regular municipal election at which a person is elected to serve the remainder of the term, whichever occurs first.

Limitations:

There are no real limitations as the amendment clarifies how long a person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve.

Effects:

The effect is to have an individual appointed to fill a vacancy as a member of Township Council, an elective office, be as short as possible until another election can be held and the individual then elected may begin to serve. It aims to better reflect the will of the citizens of the Township.

Shall Sections 3.10(a) and 3.13(b) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended so that notice required for meetings of Township Council be provided as prescribed by the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act and that notice of ordinances and public hearings for ordinances be published on the Township's internet website?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTIONS 7 & 8

Purpose:

The purpose of the amendments to Sections 3.10(a) and 3.13(b) is two-fold. First, it requires adherence to the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act in providing notice of meetings and secondly it requires that notices of ordinances and public hearings be published on the Township internet website.

Limitations:

The only limitations are the fact that there is always more notice that could be provided.

Effects:

Within the limitations of the time of Township staff and the cost to Township taxpayers, the amendment assures adherence to the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act as far as notice of meetings of Township Council and it formally recognizes that electronic notice of ordinances and public hearings advances public knowledge of ordinances and public hearings at a relatively low cost. Thus, there is increased notice to the citizens of the Township without significant increase in the cost of providing that notice.

Shall Section 3.16(a)(2) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to delete the requirement that ordinances and resolutions adopted by Township Council be filed with the Lehigh County Clerk of Courts?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 9

Purpose:

The purpose of the amendment is to bring the Charter in line with Pennsylvania law and to eliminate a provision of the Charter which required filing ordinances and resolutions with the Clerk of Courts of Lehigh County. Pennsylvania law does not require such filings with the Clerk of Courts and there are better methods for providing notice to the average citizen of the Township.

Limitations:

The elimination of the filing requirement does decrease the number of places where such ordinances and resolutions may be found.

Effects:

The elimination of the requirement will save staff and official time and the expenditure of funds by eliminating a filing requirement that provides a relatively low level of notice of formal Township action.

Shall Section 3.17(b) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended to change the maximum amount of a fine for violation of any Township Ordinances from Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars to the maximum amount permitted by Pennsylvania law?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 10

Purpose:

The purpose of the amendment is to change the maximum amount of a fine for violation of Township ordinance and to make the Charter more consistent with Pennsylvania law.

Limitations:

The limitation is that Pennsylvania law governs the maximum amount of a fine which may be provided for in Township ordinances.

Effects:

The immediate effect will be to open the possibility that Township ordinances may provide for greater than Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollar maximum fines as Pennsylvania law now allows.

Shall Section 4.02(3) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended by deleting the last sentence which prohibits review by any court or agency of the action of Township Council when it suspends or removes a township manager?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 11

Purpose:

Presently the Charter allows Township Council to suspend or remove a Township manager without review by any court or agency. The Pennsylvania courts have been very clear in saying that such a limitation is a violation of a constitutional right of municipal managers, and thus the amendment brings the Charter in line with Pennsylvania law.

Limitations:

The removal of the provision does not inform a suspended or removed Township manager of their right to seek review by a court or other agency.

Effects:

The amendment brings the Charter in line with Pennsylvania law and better provides for the adherence to the rights of suspended or removed Township managers.

Shall Section 6.03(b) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended by replacing the current general conflict of interest prohibitions with the requirement that all Township officials, officers and employees shall abide by the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, as it may be amended?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 12

Purpose:

The intention of the amendment is to update the Charter to be in line with Pennsylvania law. Presently the Charter provides a fairly specific listing of general ethical requirements for Township elected officials, officers and employees. However, it is clear that the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, or as it is colloquially known, the Pennsylvania Ethics Code, is the governing statewide law that applies. This law and the interpretations of it by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission and the courts of the Commonwealth provide the precepts that govern the actions of Township elected officials, officers and employees.

Limitations:

The amendment limits the ability of the Township to enact more specific, ethical requirements, but it also clarifies that one statewide law provides the ethical principles to govern the conduct of Township officials, officers and employees.

Effects:

The amendment will clarify the interpretation and enforcement of ethics law when there is a question of actions or omissions by Township elected officials, officers or employees.

Shall Section 9.06(b) of the Hanover Township Home Rule Charter be amended so that the deadline for submission of initiative or referendum questions to the County Election Board to appear on a ballot is governed by the Pennsylvania Election Code instead of the present Charter provision which requires that such questions should appear on the ballot at the election to be held sixty (60) or more days after the Township Clerk files the petition with the County Election Board?

YES or NO

PLAIN ENGLISH STATEMENT

REFERENDUM TO AMEND THE HANOVER TOWNSHIP HOME RULE CHARTER ORDINANCE NO. 564 SECTION 13

Purpose:

The purpose of the amendment is to bring the provisions of the Charter regarding the filing of petitions for initiatives and referenda with the County Election Board in line with Pennsylvania law.

Limitations:

There are no real limitations as the present Charter language is inconsistent with Pennsylvania law and can only create confusion among citizens attempting to act on their rights to file petitions for initiative and referenda.

Effects:

The amendment brings the Charter in line with Pennsylvania law so that the governing provisions of the Pennsylvania Election Code or other statewide statutes or law is recognized as setting the deadline by which petitions for initiative and referenda must be filed with the Election Board for such ballot questions to appear on an election ballot. It also thus recognizes the time constraints under which County election officials operate to effectively and fairly prepare for and hold an election involving such ballot questions.

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP BALLOT QUESTION

Do you favor the continued imposition of the additional earned income tax at the rate of 0.25% by Williams Township to be used for financing the acquisition of open space; for the purpose of acquiring forest and agricultural conservation easements; and for the purpose of acquiring property development rights?

Vote YES or NO